Local News Archives

Buchanan Christmas Celebration Saturday

There will be lots of fun this Saturday in Buchanan. For the first time ever, they’re combining White Saturday with the annual Christmas tree lighting and parade. The chamber of commerce’s Randy Hendrixson tells WSJM News there

DNR Holding Another Land Auction Next Monday

Interested in maybe picking up some property in Michigan for hunting or other recreational activities. The Michigan DNR will offer surplus public land in a sealed-bid auction beginning December 6th. That’s according to the DNR’s Michael Michalek. “The

Moon Rock Coming To West MI Museum

A moon rock from the 1971 Apollo 15 mission is coming to a western Michigan museum. The rock will be displayed starting Monday at Calvin College’s Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum in Grand Rapids. A reception will be held at the museum

Edwardsburg Official Resigns Over Conflict Of Interest

A township official from southern Michigan who faced conflict of interest allegations has resigned from a local board. The South Bend Tribune reports Frank LaPierre recently resigned as chairman of Ontwa Township’s wastewater board. Edwardsburg businessman Robert J. Donnelly

State Waives Park Fee For Black Friday

Here’s a Black Friday deal that won’t cost a dime: free entry to Michigan state parks if you don’t have the annual recreation passport. The state is waiving fees Friday at 103 state parks and recreation areas and

Homeless West MI Man Finds New Home

A homeless man who was ordered to tear down a shanty in the Grand Rapids area has found a new home — with a piano. John Foster Bentley tells WOOD-TV that he’s been “overwhelmed” by the kindness

Study Looks At Healthcare Needs Around SWM

A year-long study done by Lakeland Health has given us a sense of what communities need to help residents live healthy, and also what folks around southwest Michigan are concerned about. The 2016-2019 Community Health Needs Assessment

Chronic Wasting Disease Suspected In MI Deer

State wildlife regulators say another deer in southern Michigan may have been found with chronic wasting disease. The Department of Natural Resources says a hunter shot the 1 1/2 -year-old buck last week in Clinton County’s Eagle Township

SWM Home Sales Down Slightly In October

Southwest Michigan’s housing market has been strong throughout 2016, although sales took a bit of a breather in the month of October. The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors’ Philip Amodeo tells WSJM News sales for the month

Man Hospitalized After Catching On Fire

A man is being treated at South Bend Memorial Hospital after being found “covered in smoke” and lying on the ground in Niles Township. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department tells us it happened around 8:20 pm Tuesday

LaSata Names Legislative Director

State Representative-elect Kim LaSata has started putting together her Lansing team. She’s hired Bridgman native Arthur Havlicek to serve as her legislative director. LaSata says that Havlicek brings an understanding of the legislature and the district to

Adoption Day Celebrated Across Michigan

Judges all over Michigan are taking time this weke to finalize adoptions. Tuesday was Adoption Day, and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen tells us it was a special, heartwarming occasion “To the extent that I can